I learned this background technique from Dee Gruenig. She did it on a cigar box on the Carol Duvall Show years ago. Remember that show!! I miss Carol and all her guests...
I used Dee's technique on glossy paper as a colorful background for my May ATCs. The technique is similar to the polished stone technique, but using the sea sponge and metallic inks give a nice textured look. This month, we are featuring hand drawn art - one of my favorite things to do!! For my drawings I chose the words hope, love, joy displayed in American Sign Language.
- Wet the sponge and wring it out well. Put a small amount of ink on plastic sheet. Dip the sponge into ink and dab on glossy paper, leaving space for other colors and for the base color to show through.
- Repeat for remaining colors. Dab until you like the results.
- Allow to dry. If your card stock curls, after it dries lay several books on top over night.
- Cut sheets into ATC size, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2".
- Cut out circles for the focal point of your ATCs.
- Draw lightly with a pencil, or stamp images. Complete the detail with a pen and erase pencil lines.
- Adhere layers and images.
Images: hand drawn
Paper: black card stock, Stampin' Up! white glossy, black glossy paper
Inks: Posh Rainbow metalic inks pink, silver, violet, teal
Accessories: Stampin' Up! 1 3/8" circle punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities classic circle die cut, sea sponge, plastic sheet, pencil, Sakura Micron .005 pen, eraser
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!